Australia pulled off something of an upset when they claimed the opening ODI against India on Saturday and when the two sides meet in the second match of the series, the hosts can claim the spoils should they come out on top once again.
India were in this exact situation in the T20 series at the beginning of the tour so they will not panic but they will know they will need their best in Adelaide if they are to make Friday’s match a series decider.
By modern standards it was not a perfect performance from Australia in the opening ODI and it certainly wasn’t a display which would win the World Cup later in the year but for the occasion and the conditions they did what they needed and came out on top. In a way they can draw confidence from that as in a knockout match in the World Cup they have shown they can win one-off matches, whether they can put up the scores needed to get there is a different story.
The one thing the first ODI did do was reinforce the fact that they are deep in resources in the bowling department. Two men who might not be first choice come the World Cup did the damage in the opening game so if their batsmen can just find ways to turn these 280 scores into 330 and beyond they will go into the tournament as a danger.
In fairness to the Indians their chance of winning the opening match went inside about three overs when their top order had been decimated and given the lack of depth they had in their batting at Sydney, in the end they did well to get as close as they did. While India are surviving with the bat it has been a while since they have had that flourish in their middle to lower order that they can rely on.
I don’t think the tourists will panic too much after that first game but it will certainly have opened up discussions on the balance of their side. If they can sort out their batting line up then we saw that they have the bowlers to win matches, even in conditions where you would think their spinners would struggle and their seamers might not get the help that they need.
Australia vice-captain Alex Carey confirmed that Mitchell Marsh is available for this match but I think many would be surprised if the home side do not name an unchanged team given all the men who had an impact on their first win.
India are going to have to look at their batting order and maybe bring Kedar Jadhav in to help with that. Khaleel Ahmed was expensive in Sydney and could make way for another bowling option should India wish.
I’ll go with a couple of bets in this match, with the first one being on the sixes. The line for this match is only 9.5 but even though neither top order fired in the first game we still saw 11 in what was a low scoring ODI by modern standards. The square boundaries in particular are much easier to clear on this ground so the ability to hit sixes should in theory become a lot clearer. Both sets of batsmen have had a hit up now and I expect them to deliver the required number of big hits in this match.
Australia have shown no sign of being able to pick Kuldeep Yadav on this tour so I’ve got to take advantage of his low looking performance line of 36.5. He took two wickets in Sydney and a repeat of that will be more than enough here. He took wickets in all the T20 matches and the Tests which suggests that Australia don’t have a clue against him. They are poor players of spin overall to be honest so I’ll take the over on Kuldeep’s line.
WON – Back Over 9.5 sixes for a 4/10 stake at 1.95 with Betfred
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Back K.Yadav’s Performance – Over 36.5pts for a 4/10 stake at 1.83 with Bet365